Theatre Act won over a longer trip here last month but is 7lb higher and looks vulnerable as his best form is on ground with plenty of give. Noel Kelly and Donald McCain both run two in this opener. Milan Dancer may well prove the best of the former's pair but all have to give weight to the three-year-old STONE QUERCUS, who may well have followed up an earlier Perth win at Musselburgh last week had he not made a terrible mess of the final flight. His stablemate Lyme Park may well be the danger.
Kisumu 11-2 (9-5) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, no extra final furlong, 5th of 9, 2 1/4l behind An Fear Ciuin (10-0) at Catterick 2m hcp (5) gs in Aug.
Leading Score (IRE) 3-1 (11-1) In rear, weakened from 3 out, pulled up before last, at Hexham 2m 4f mdn (5) hvy in Mar.
Jack Steel (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened from 2 out, 4th of 12, 25 1/4l behind Theatre Act (10-4) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Oct.
Milan Dancer (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, pushed along 3 out and dropped to 8th before 2 out, under pressure and rallied to go 3rd over 100 yards out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 7 1/2l behind Midnight Theatre (10-13) at Downpatrick 2m 5f mdn Good - Yielding in Mar.
Lyme Park 5-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders on inside, 2nd 7th, ridden 3 out, 3rd and no impression on winner before last, 3rd of 5, 15 3/4l behind Whatsthatallabout (11-12) at Bangor 2m 4f (4) gd in Sep.
Little Bruce (IRE) 100-1 (10-6) Always in rear, lost touch 4 out, pulled up before next, at Wetherby 2m hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Monbeg Cave (IRE) 200-1 (11-0) Held up, mid-division, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 8th of 12, 25l behind Master Of Finance (11-0) at Ayr 2m mdn (5) gs in Oct.
Theatre Act 6-1 (10-4) Tracked leader, led 2 out, ridden after last, kept on and held on well towards finish, won at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Oct beating Up And Go (11-12) by 2 1/4l, 12 ran.
Mash Potato (IRE) 28-1 (10-13) Held up mid-division, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 32 3/4l behind Theatre Act (10-4) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Oct.
Stone Quercus (IRE) 5-2 (11-5) Took keen hold, led, soon clear, reluctant and reminders on stable bend before 4th, mistake 6th, reduced lead soon after, ridden before 3 out, 4 lengths up when mistake last, headed close home, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Cape Of Glory (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m (4) gd in Nov.